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‘We have already lost’: far-right Russian bloggers slam military failures

08 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Far-right Russian bloggers have been free to criticize the Kremlin’s military failures in Ukraine, even other forms of criticism are punished. A fascinating Guardian report attempts to explain why.

“The war in Ukraine will continue until the complete defeat of Russia,” Igor Girkin, a far-right nationalist, grumbled in a video address to his 430,000 followers on Telegram on Monday. “We have already lost, the rest is just a matter of time.”

Girkin, a former Russian intelligence colonel who became a commander of the pro-Russian separatist forces in 2014, is arguably the most prominent voice within an increasingly loud and angry group of ultra-nationalist and pro-war bloggers who have taken to berating the Kremlin for its failure to achieve its tactical objectives as the fighting in Ukraine has entered its seventh month.

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